Bauhaus and beyond: Private tour to the World Heritage Site of the Berlin Modernism Housing Estates

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Departs: Berlin, Berlin

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The Berlin Modernism Housing Estates were designated a World Heritage Site in 2008, but, over a decade later, they are unknown to most visitors to Berlin. You shouldn't miss these remarkable examples of new urban and architectural typologies. On our tour we will visit three of the six estates, which were designed by famous architects like Walter Gropius (founder of the "Bauhaus"), Mies van der Rohe and Hans Scharoun. As an historian, book author and experienced guide, I can give you unique insights: You will not only learn about the technical and aesthetic concepts of this architecture, but I will also talk on the social and political background of these buildings. We will cycle mostly through quite side streets and parks, and you get to know Berlin off the beaten track. In addition to the beautifully restored houses dating from the years of the Weimar Republic, when the city of Berlin was particularly progressive, you will explore with me the rougher side of the German capital in its old working-class neighbarhoods.

What's Included

an experienced guide, who holds a doctorate in history

What's Not Included

Please do hire the bikes on your own. I am happy to give recommendations on where and how to rent bikes.

Please take some water with you. We will also pass by some cafés, where we can make a stop for hot or cold drinks.

You will need tickets for the public transport for you (and for your bike!) to get to the meeting point and to return to the city center after the tour.

Traveler Information

  • TRAVELER: Age: 0 - 120

Additional Info

  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • If you are unsure about your cycle skills, we can do this private tour as a walking tour (we will have to adapt the itinary then a bit; please contact me for further details.)
  • Public transportation options are available nearby

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

We will visit three of the Berlin Modernism Housing Estates: The "Siemenstadt" in Berlin-Spandau with buildings by Walter Gropius, the "Siedlung Schillerpark" in Berlin-Wedding, and the "Weiße Stadt" in Berlin-Reinickendorf. On our tour we will also see the only social housing estates designed by Mies van der Rohe. More over you will get to know the "Volksparks" ("people's parks") Rehberge and Jungfernheide, two of the biggest and most interesting parks of the Weimar Republic: Here it becomes visible, how important the interaction of green spaces and architecture has been for the town planning of the 1920s.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

The "Weiße Stadt" (white city) is characterised by the clear forms of the International Style. Although the buildings are not part of the "Bauhaus" legacy in a stricter sense, the principles of the Bauhaus have been realised here in a very consequent way: a simple and at the same time elegant design, rational floor plans and a lot of utilities like shops and cafés, which are an integral part of the complex.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

The "Siedlung Schillerpark" has been designed by Bruno Taut. The plans of this housing estates have been inspired by the building of the so called "Amsterdam school", the most important trend in Dutch architecture during the early 1920s.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

The "Siemensstadt" has been designed by Hans Scharoun, who became Berlin's most important architect during the Cold War. Here you learn to know about his beginnings as well as about his cooperation with other famous architects during the Weimar Republic, like Walter Gropius. The transition from the residential area to the adjacent park is especially remarkable.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

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